Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Veterans who have served on active duty after September 10, 2001 may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for either themselves or their eligible dependents. These VA benefits will provide a tuition and fees payment to the University and provide a monthly housing allowance to the student. For more information, please visit: benefits.va.gov/gibill

If a service member intends to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependent, the transfer must be approved and completed while the service member is in the armed forces.

Benefits

The maximum annual tuition benefit is $22,805.34, and the Veteran will receive a percentage of the amount based on active duty time served. For example, those that have earned 100% will receive the entire annual benefit, whereas someone who has earned 50% will only receive half of the maximum annual amount. Additionally, those that receive 100% benefits qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program. See Chapter 33 Benefits for the breakdown between the amount of active duty time served and benefits percentage earned. Veterans may also receive:

  • Monthly Housing Allowance (paid to the student) - based on the basic allowance for housing payable for the zip code of the Institution (94901).
  • Books & Supplies Stipend (paid to the student) - up to $1000 per year.
  • Duration - the Veteran remains eligible for benefits for 15 years from the last period of active duty and may receive up to 36 months of entitlement.

If transferring benefits to a spouse,

  • Tuition & Fees Benefit (paid to the school) - Up to $22,805.34, based on the percentage benefit the Veteran earned.
  • Spouse may use benefits while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty. However, the spouse is not eligible for the Monthly Housing Allowance or Books & Supplies stipend if using benefits while the member is serving on active duty.
  • Duration - Can use the benefit for up to 15 years after the service member's last separation from active duty.

If transferring benefits to a child,

  • Child may start to use the benefit only after the service member transfers benefits while still on active duty.
  • Child may use benefits while the member remains in the Armed Forces or after separation from active duty, but must have a secondary school diploma or equivalent.
  • Books & Supplies Stipend (paid to the student) - up to $1000 per year, even while the service member is on active duty.
  • Duration - May not use the benefit after reaching 26 years of age.